The Union minister for Urban Development and Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri said that all the small and large cities in Uttarakhand will be included in the Jal Jeevan mission. He further said that the tendering process will be undertaken again for regularisation of air service under the UDAN scheme on the Dehradun-Pithoragarh-Hindon and Sahastradhara-Chinyalisaud-Gauchar routes. The union minister said this in response to requests made by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat who met him in the national capital on Monday.
On the CM’s request, Puri said that services of the experts of Airports Authority of India (AAI) will be provided to make the Pantnagar greenfield airport to international standards.
The union minister also agreed to the request made by Rawat to change the routes in Garhwal and Kumaon and making them point to point under UDAN scheme. Puri also agreed to giving the B-200 state aircraft to some NSOP service provider on a dry lease. Rawat also requested that the central share for Uttarakhand in the Swachchh Bharat mission 2.0 be made 90 per cent. The CM pointed out that out of the 15 Ganga cities in Uttarakhand, only Haridwar is presently included in the AMRUT scheme. He said that in the second phase of Swachchh Bharat mission, septage management scheme with 90 per cent central share should be approved for the remaining 14 Ganga cities. He further requested that proposals regarding legacy waste in towns with less than one lakh population should be approved under Swachchh Bharat mission 2.0. Stressing on the need for construction and demolition waste management plants in Uttarakhand, Rawat said that these can be established in all district headquarters and municipal corporations in the first phase. Funds should be approved for this under Swachchh Bharat mission 2.0 or some special centrally funded scheme.
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 | PNS | Dehradun